What is an IoT?
IoT is also known as the Internet of Things. It is used to share the data across various devices which are embedded with sensors, software, etc. IoT is used to create an environment for sharing data. With the help of IoT devices, high-speed data connections are established.
IoT network is used to connect objects/devices such as mobile phones, cars, AC, fridges, laptops, etc. A fast internet connection on these devices is created by IoT. AC can use IoT to change temperature based on the temperature of the surrounding. Some applications of IoT are:
- Smart Home
- Smart cities
- Connected cars
What is an M2M?
M2M is also known as communication of Machine-to-Machine. A secure internet connection is created using M2M between various devices via a wireless connection. Data is shared from one device to another through an M2M connection. This technology is used widely nowadays in offices, houses, shopping malls, resorts, airports, etc.
M2M or Machine-to-Machine is used to create point-to-point connections across devices. M2M is used in:
- Traffic control
- Remote monitoring
- Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)
- Harvesting energy like oil and gas
- Supply Chain Management (SCM)
- Customer billing like smart meters
As we have discussed IoT and M2M, let us now see the difference between IoT and M2M.
Difference Between IoT and M2M
Although there are various similarities between IoT and M2M such as both are used to create an effective connection to send the data across devices. Let us now see the difference between IoT and M2M in the table provided below:
|Difference Between IoT and M2M|
|It is used to connect devices in order to transfer information o their own with human interaction.||It is used to connect various devices for them to communicate with each other and follow/perform functions on their own.|
|It uses an IP network to connect.||It uses a Point-to-Point connection.|
|Internet communication protocols are used.||Uses old protocols for communication.|
|Information is secured and is not shared with other applications.||Information is shared for the enhancement of user experience.|
|Uses a cloud-based structure.||Do not use a cloud-based structure.|
|More scalable than M2M.||Less scalable.|
|Example: Fleet control, remote monitoring, etc.||Example: Agriculture, smart cities, etc.|